Joyce Pauline Johnson passed away at her home on April 11, 2013, with her husband and children at her side. She was born in Portland, OR, the daughter of Richard V. and Hazel Henthorne Lovell. The Lovells moved their four children to Beaverton, OR, where Joyce attended and graduated from Beaverton High School.

While attending Oregon College of Education, she met her husband, Dale M. Johnson, and they were married on June 9, 1963, in Beaverton, OR. Dale’s favorite endearment to Joyce was to call her “My OCE Sweetheart.” The family moved to the Fern Hill area of Astoria in 1967, and into Astoria proper in 1979.

Joyce was the bookkeeper for Hauke’s Sentry Market until 1982, when the family moved to Craig, Alaska. While in Alaska, she worked as a bookkeeper for a local grocery. Upon returning to Astoria in 1984, Joyce was employed as a bookkeeper for other grocery stores and beverage companies until retirement.

After retiring, she devoted her time to volunteering at the Clatsop Emergency Food Bank, where she was a board member. Joyce was an active member of First Presbyterian Church, and she enjoyed fishing, baking, sewing, arts and crafts, playing cards and Bunco. Joyce loved her family, and hosted many of the family gatherings over the years. She often said that she felt fortunate to have her children and grandchildren living close by.

Joyce is survived by her husband, Dale Johnson; a daughter and son-in-law, Shannon and Mark Paulson; a son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Lisa Johnson; a son, Timothy Johnson; and a sister, Linda Willer. She is also survived by three grandsons, Joshua and Jared Johnson and Erik Paulson. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, James I. Lovell and Richard E. Lovell.

At her request there will be no formal service. A family gathering in her honor is planned for later this summer.

Remembrances can be made to the Clatsop Emergency Food Bank, C/O First Presbyterian Church, 1103 Grand Ave., Astoria, OR 97103 or Lower Columbia Hospice, 2111 Exchange St., Astoria, OR 97103.


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